CONCEPTUAL DESIGN THEME
I am immensely grateful to the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) AND my Art Advisory Team for this extraordinary public art opportunity, which may well be the most viewed public art in Hawai’i. I am deeply honored by the trust the kupuna of this land have in me, and I am humbled to have the kuleana to visually express the wisdom of these kupuna on behalf of the land, the ocean, the children and future generations to the very best of my ability.
Kona at Keahole Mural Artist, Calley O’Neill
Every generation has the obligation to free men’s minds for a look at new worlds…to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation.
Ellison S. Onizuka
Long before there was sustainability, there was Aloha ‘aina! What you call resources we know as relatives ~ our ancestors. All life was experienced as ONE. All life forms are family. Everything is about relationships. Everything is related. The rocks, the soil, the trees and plants, the creatures in the sea were all known to be connected, to be family. They are our ancestors. They had to come into being in perfect harmony to foster a suitable atmosphere and nourishment for humanity.
We have the power to destroy our natural world so we have the obligation to preserve, protect and conserve it. The land contributes to the aloha spirit. Beauty is an integral part of the life of the spirit. All our actions in Hawai’i must be dominated by the spirit of MALAMA. MALAMA is an imperative. MALAMA holds up as a guiding principle, one that people understand and that moves them. I sense the need for this in these days when we are beset with so many problems and conflicting answers.
Senator Kenny Brown, THE MALAMA ETHIC, 1973, Planning for Hawai’i’s Future
Tell the stories, especially of the place names and their mana.
Chauncey Wong Yuen
Make an indelible imprint on the people.
Hannah Kihalani Springer
Everything and everyone is connected. The mural has to be able to speak clearly to someone local and someone from Saudi Arabia - therefore, cast a wide net. Show them the big picture. The land is everything.
The land doesn’t forget.
There are seeds in the ground ready to sprout when the time is ripe.
There are seeds of aloha ‘aina in all people. Malama Honua!
Tragically, Hawai’i is known as the endangered species and extinction capitol of the world…
We stand guard over works of art while species representing the work of eons are being stolen under our noses.
~ Aldo Leopold, American Author and Scientist, 1886 ~ 1948
Add cognitive dissonance to the mural to grab people’s attention and stimulate ignite their caring for the natural world.
Andy Collins, Research scientist, Education Coordinator, Papahanaumokuakea
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
Show them the way that it was, can and must be again.
Earl Regidor, Manager, Hawaiian Cultural Center
Four Seasons Hualalai
SFCA and AAC ~ ART ADVISORY TEAM’S KEY DIRECTIVES
- AUTHENTICITY AND SPIRIT OF ALOHA ~ Spread aloha and inspire visitors to return.
- EXPRESS THE SPIRIT OF PLACE, THE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE AND CULTURE
- EDUCATIONAL ~ RELEVANCE AND MEANING
- TELL AN IMPORTANT STORY! IGNITE THEIR SENSES.
- QUALITY AND DURABILITY: Do the finest, most durable, maintenance free work of art possible with the most refined detailing. This will be a mixed media permanent stained glass, smalti, and stone tile mosaic mural on concrete.
- SYMMETRY ~ THE AIRPORT IS SYMMETRICAL IN DESIGN AND THIS CAN BE REFLECTED IN THE MURAL
- KING KAMEHAMEHA WILL BE HONORED SYMBOLICALLY in the mural and primarily in the monumental Mahiole sculpture at the entrance.
Calley’s intention is that this work of art to bring honor to the SFCA and the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole.
There is danger in one story.
MAKAWALU: HAVING EIGHT EYES ~ EIGHT WALLS, a multiplicity of viewpoints with ONE THEME: MALAMA OLA, MALAMA MAU. In all her former projects, Calley was advised that it was pono to have one kupuna as a cultural advisor. It was clear that the Keahole mural required a multiplicity of viewpoints as was spontaneously affirmed by the kupuna. Interestingly, in the bible, the number 8 represents new beginnings. Ancient Hawaiian knowledge is important for the world.
There is perfection in having 8 walls/aspects in the Keahole Mural. Each aspect will have one or two dynamic, monumental scale kupuna each holding the Earth and expressing their wisdom about taking care of the land, water, air, and the people. Kupuna and nature will express an irrepressible feeling of aliveness, abundance and beauty that quickly tells the most important story of our time and all time ~ MALAMA HONUA…take care of nature and it will take care of us. From the sophisticated Oneness of the ancient indigenous culture through restoration and reconnection of our relationships to nature and each other, the Hawaiians expressed that the balance, beauty, health, and abundance of what was, can and must be again. MALAMA HONUA is the most important story, relevant to every culture and place around the world, yet derived from this place. Hawai’i’s wisdom is important for the world. Eight Storytellers will be speaking as one, expressing Hawai’i’s spirit and wisdom. Take care of everything.
Not all knowledge is held in one halau. In Hawai’i, the stories held the knowledge and were told in ‘oli (chants) and mele (song), stories, teachings, meditations, and hula. All held kaona ~ deeper symbolic meaning within them. Makawalu can be described as eight ways to understand and share knowledge, in this case, the heart of the culture, Aloha ‘aina, to benefit everyone who sees it regardless of age, race, religion, or homeland.
This epic wall comprising eight aspects will be guided by 8 (and more) highly respected kupuna (wise elders, wisdom/light carriers) on one unified theme… MALAMA OLA, MALAMA MAU. ALOHA AINA! MALAMA HONUA!
EIGHT ASPECTS/WALLS ~ KEAHOLE MURAL
KAHI ~ ALOHA~ MALAMA MAU
KUMU KEALA CHING
OUTLINE OF A CHILD WITH A BOWL OF PERFECT LIGHT
The first and last image must be the same. Aloha is. Aloha perseveres. This aloha will go around the world and come back. This is the mirroring of past and future. All center aspects, all values emanate from and are reflective of this. We must have aloha to take care of all life throughout time. This is LOKAHI, unity. Knowing the past, we can learn to navigate the future. Ka wai ola (the living water) must flow through every image connecting them all. A beam of light, image of light passes through every image. Kumu Keala Ching
STRIKING COLOR HARMONIES: CLOSE HARMONIES: golds, siennas, browns, greens, and opposites on color wheel harmonies: ocre. Sienna, periwinkle, purple, mauve, touches pale aqua
LIGHT ~. ILLUMINATE THE ENTIRE MURAL WITH DRAMATIC LIGHTING COMING IN FROM BOTH SIDES TO THE CENTER…streaming from the left on the left side…streaming from the right on the right side(Maxfield Parrish, Tiffany)
LIGHT OF ALOHA: glowing from within and streaming outwards in golden and pearl rays
Aloha is all that is, was, and will be.
There is no separation between the physical and non-physical worlds.
Source, Origin, Akua, Aumakua
Light, Love, All are born with a Bowl of Perfect Light.
Space, atmosphere, awareness
Pa’a iluna, the realm above, sky, Universe as a purely celestial dome, with ka lewa, air or space between pa’a iluna and pa’a ilalo (solid Earth)
GEOLOGY: The origin ~ Pele, the five volcanoes that created the land, aquifers, source of Ka Wai Ola. One hotspot. One Kilauea. The light that emanates from the center of the Earth.
Lama, tree of enlightenment, ‘ohia
COLOR HARMONY: whites, ivory, golds, pale blues, lavenders, PELE light from the Earth…warm tones
LUA ~ MALAMA KA ‘AINA, MALAMA NAHELEHELE
SAM ‘OHUKANI’OHI’A GON III, PHD
CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST, SENIOR SCIENTIST AND CULTURAL ADVISOR, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAI‘I, KAHUNA KA LA LEO (MASTER CHANTER) UNDER KUMU JOHN LAKE
And LOCAL DRYLAND FOREST KUPUNA (YVONNE AND KEOKI)
BOBBY CAMARA, NATURALIST, ADVISOR
Hahai no ka ua I ka ulula’au. ~ The rain follows the forest.
Take care of the land; preserve and restore the native forests
in every wao (every elevation) of the ahupua’a (mauka to makai). Restore biodiversity: Hawai’i is a treasure trove of species found nowhere else on Earth, yet globally known as the extinction and endangered species capitol of the world. This work is a prayer that our restoration efforts accelerate.
BELOVED HUALALAI ~ The mountain of Kona is a shield volcano 8,271’ at the summit, westernmost of the 5 major Big Island Volcanoes with a well developed Northwest rift zone. The last historical eruption was the high velocity Kaupulehu flow which ended in 1801, entering the ocean through two distinct lobes. Along with Mauna Loa and Kilauea, Hualalai has been active over much of the last 100to 200 thousand years.
Restore our familial relationships.
The resources are our relatives, our family, our ancestors.
Conservation (connects to Half Earth Project)
Trails ~ Jackson Bauer, Trail and Access Specialist Division of Forestry and Wildlife Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
Ancient Hawaiians were masters of observation and seasonal change
Birds ~ top predators
Original native vegetation: All Hawai’i was a forest from mauka to makai, except for the fresh lava flows, kekaha lands, and beaches.
LIGHT: dramatic lighting. streaming from the left side, perhaps the foreground is dark and the background shot with light
COLOR HARMONY: predominantly greens, purples, browns in shadows
KOLU ~ MALAMA KA MOANA
KEIKI O KA‘AINA, KUPUNA, CULTURAL ADVISOR, KOHANAIKI, SON OF MASTER WEAVER, KUPUNA AUNTIE MALUIKI LEE &
MIKE NAKACHI AND CHILDREN~ OCEAN PROTECTORS, DIVERS
CULTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR,
DIRECTOR OF MARINE PROGRAMS, TNC HAWAI’I, 10 YEARS, KIA’I LOKO ‘IA, KIHOLO POND
There are 7,000 known forms of marine life in our reefs, Take care of the oceans and reefs, runoff streams, estuaries, anchialine ponds, fishing grounds, all marine ecosystems and species.
LIGHT: streaming in from left
COLOR HARMONY: brilliant ultramarine blues, thalo blues, purples, lavenders, warm ivories, contrasting humans with brilliant lighting
HA ~ VOYAGING ~ MALAMA HONUA AME NA KALAI WA’A
CHADD 'ONOHI PAISHON, SHORTY BERTELMANN
CAPTAIN OF MAKALI’I, DIRECTOR OF NA KALAI WA’A,
MASTER NAVIGATORS (with Pomai Bertelmann, honor Papa Mau Pialug)
Without navigation, there is no culture. Nainoa
Thanks to anthropologist Ben Finney PhD, Herb Kane, and Tommy Holmes, Hokule’a’s journey began in 1975, a time of cultural extinction and pain for the Hawaiian people.
Malama the voyagers, the world’s greatest navigators, the wa’a culture and lifestyle. MALAMA HONUA!
We must learn how to navigate a healthy future. We spent the first forty years showing the world that we are master navigators. Now we must spend the next forty showing them that we are master naturalists, stewards, and agriculturists.
Mauna a Wakea
LIMA ~ MALAMA KA WAI OLA
HANNAH KIHALANI SPRINGER, KEIKI O KA‘AINA, KUPUNA, CULTURAL ADVISOR, WISDOM CARRIER
Aole inu wai, aole ha. No fresh water – no life. Water is the key.
KA WAI OLA ~ THE LIFE LINE CONNECTING ALL 8 ASPECTS: A stream of water supports all life, past, present, and future, connecting all the aspects. Water is life. Waiwai is wealth. The Hawaiians know true wealth.
Aloha is at the center. If we didn’t have aloha, we wouldn’t malama. First come into peace. Hannah understands that one must slow down to feel our innate love
Take care of the living waters.
Waters of Kane, patron of fresh water.
Water is life, precious in all forms.
Water and air are the most important things. We must all become water conservers…water keepers.
There is a perceptible shift coming in. Maintenance means to take care of everything.
Halapepe lei of this ahupua’a
Kevin Nagasaki vision of Hannah holding fresh water in both of her hands ~ and the Earth could be a reflection inside the water
~ Reflection (upside down)of Hannah and it could be her son?
COLOR HARMONY: very pale blues, aquas, gray purples s, lavenders, pale ocres, siennas, darker dull greens
Express the hydrological cycle.
(Isaiah 55 - The water does not return to the heavens without first nourishing the Earth. Our words must not return to us empty. They will accomplish our intentions.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the Earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn bush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
ONO ~ MALAMA KA ‘AINA AME KA LOKO ‘IA
(CHAUNCEY WONG YUEN, Manager Kona at Keahole Airport)
RUTH ALOUA, Po'o Kia'i loko, researcher, educator, Kaloko Pond, National Park Conservation Association. Ruth’s family, the Hoapili Family was Kia’i loko for generations. She found this out after working on her Master’s degree.
WHERE WE ARE: KEAHOLE: Place names hold immense mana, culture, history, and meaning that is felt and not seen. These names were given for special reasons by the Hawaiian kupuna and must be remembered. Keahole is this place on the west side of the island of Hawai’i in the district of Kona, on the northwest rift of Hualalai, in the ahupua’a of Kalaoa, in the Kekaha lands of North Kona, and named for ke ahole (the ahole fish).
ā.hole n. An endemic fish (Kuhlia sandwicensis) found in both fresh and salt water. The mature stage is āhole, the young stage āholehole. Because of the meaning of hole, to strip away, this fish was used for magic, as to chase away evil spirits and for love magic. It was also called a "sea pig" (puaʻa kai) and used ceremonially as a substitute for pig.
Take care of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), horticulture, the Hawaiian canoe plants, and fishponds.
Nourish the people by nourishing the land and the fishponds.
Hawaiians had the best diet in all Polynesia and stand with the most highly sophisticated agriculturists in the world. Most highly developed societies evolved around flood plains, which constantly renewed the nutrient levels, and their art was often made with durable minerals, metals, and stones, indelibly recording their culture. Ancient (pre-ali’i) Hawaiians however, created a high level of culture and peace based on love of the land and an intensive, bountiful and sustainable horticulture by observation, guidance through mo’okuauhau (ancestral knowledge) and traditional ecological practices.
KA PO’E KAHIKO – The people of old were farmers, not fighters. No kings. No great warriors. All lived in harmony with all that is. The early ones lived with an attitude about life that gave them what we would call great mana (power) over their surroundings, the power of love and kinship. Tales of the Night Rainbow, Native Hawaiian Planters
HIKU ~ MALAMA KA MO’OMEHEU! MALAMA KA POE ~ MALAMA KA OHANA~ MALAMA ‘OLELO HAWAI’I ~ MALAMA KA IKE ~ MALAMA MO’OKUAUHAU
KEIKI O KA’AINA FROM KAULUPULEHU, HA’I MO’OLELO (STORYTELLER) POET, EDUCATOR, WISDOM HOLDER, LIGHT CARRIER, HER AUNTIE LEI LIGHTNER IS CURRENT CURATOR AT KALAIMANO INTERPRETIVE CENTER
The land is everything. Ku’ulei Keakealani
Take care of the families, preserve the culture and the arts, expand the speaking of ka ‘olelo Hawai’i, traditional ancestral knowledge, the stories, legends and mythology.
By all accounts, it will be the union of indigenous wisdom and culture, imagination and quantum leaps in innovation that will enable future generations to live in peace and harmony in a healthy environment.
WALU ~ MALAMA NA KEIKI ~ TAKE CARE OF FUTURE GENERATIONS.
KUMU EARL REGIDOR
MEA HO’OKIPA, CULTURAL ADVISOR
MANAGER, HAWAIIAN CULTURAL CENTER,
FOUR SEASONS HUALALAI, 20 YEARS, 40 YEARS IN KONA
CHILD WITH A BOWL OF PERFECT LIGHT ~ who is this child?
Hawai’i Nation is a light Carrier.
Take care of the children, the future, and all future generations.
To do this we must take care of the forests.
Earl’s advice to me: Ask permission for everything you do, every place you visit, every project you take on, and they will help you. Offer gratitude for everything.
I want the people who see this mural to be able to experience and then take the back true aloha spirit and share it with their friends. When I relate to people with aloha, they feel it. When we send out ripples of aloha, the ripples go on and on forever, just like tossing a stone into a pond. Yes! We want to share the aloha spirit all the way to Minnesota, Japan, to the Middle East. People come here from everywhere. Since it goes on forever, and this Earth is a sphere, the aloha will come back to Hawaii.
LIGHT: light emanates from within
THE FUTURE: We are creating our life conditions. When we wish to change our circumstances, all we have to do is release our present conditions. All things are possible when one’s power is strong. Tales of the Night Rainbow, Koko Willis, Pali Jae Lee